Over the next few weeks, we’ll be telling you all the great reasons why you should join a CSA. The first benefit of a CSA? Trying new vegetables!
Did you know the average Wisconsin adult intakes vegetables 1.5 times per day, but the recommended intake is 8 cups of fruits and vegetables per day? In 2010, the US Department of Agriculture modified the old food pyramid and released MyPlate, which recommends half your plate be filled with fruits and vegetables.
According to WebMD, diets that are high in whole foods are associated in a reduction in cardiovascular disease, cancers, and type 2 diabetes. In addition, vegetables are relatively low in calories, which can replace high calorie foods and aid in weight loss.
Trying new vegetables can teach your children healthy habits. Eating vegetables in a variety of colors can make trying something new more fun and gives the family a broad range of nutrients.
So how can you use these new vegetables? We’ll be providing you newsletters each week with some common preparation methods for all our vegetables that week, as well as some featured recipes. But here are some additional recommendations from Fruits and Veggies More Matters.Org, which is a joint effort between a non-profit and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to help spread the word about health benefits of adding more fruits and vegetables to your diet:
- Sauté mixed vegetables
- Try spinach salad with dried cranberries, mandarin oranges and red onions with your favorite vinaigrette
- Roast a whole head of garlic to make a spread for an appetizer or sandwich
- Steam edamame for a fun snack
- Make a Greek-inspired salad: romaine lettuce, tomatoes, red onions, chickpeas, black olives, and artichoke hearts
- Make confetti coleslaw: shredded green and red cabbage, grated carrots, julienned kohlrabi and chopped peppers
- Make a Mexican pizza with tortillas, refried beans, salsa, and Jack cheese
- Add vegetables to a stir fry, soup or stew, or frittata
- Make pizza for breakfast with an English muffin, tomato sauce, scrambled egg and fresh spinach, topped with melted cheese
- Try some different veggie toppings on your pizza
- Eggplant & black olives
- Pineapple & onions
- Peppers & mushrooms
- Tomato & spinach
- Broccoli & green olives